December 2016

Cover Stories

Article date: Friday, December 2, 2016

So last century: the radical collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf

So last century: the radical collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf

If you were looking for a stereotypical cultural conservative, you might well choose someone Swiss, or someone with their own haberdashery store, a petit bourgeois like Hermann Rupf. But the fact of the matter was that this unlikely and unwealthy private individual was one of the first to see merit in the work of the cubists, fauve André Derain, and abstract art.

Interviews

No show for an audience – an interview with Frans van Lent
Article date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No show for an audience – an interview with Frans van Lent


In the dynamic between artist-artwork-audience, the role of the audience is the most passive. We, the spectators, consume the work that the artist has created, but the relationship tends to be very one-sided. We look, we listen, we contemplate, we may even engage, but we rarely influence the art in return, and it’s even rarer still for the audience to personify the artwork. Dutch artist Frans van Lent considers the relationship between performance and spectatorship, in a series of actions that come together under the label of Unnoticed Art.

Building a Temple on the Moon: Interview with Jorge Mañes Rubio
Article date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Building a Temple on the Moon: Interview with Jorge Mañes Rubio


"My name is Jorge Mañes Rubio. I’m a Spanish artist based in Amsterdam and I’m currently artist in residence at the European Space Agency. Currently, I’m working on building a temple on the Moon - I would say that this is already quite a nice dream project!" - in interview with Jorge Mañes Rubio, conducted by Etienne Verbist.

Interview with PEPE FONT DE MORA, director of FOTO COLECTANIA FOUNDATION in Barcelona
Article date: Monday, December 19, 2016

Interview with PEPE FONT DE MORA, director of FOTO COLECTANIA FOUNDATION in Barcelona


“There are a lot of institutions in this city, but probably photography hasn’t crystallised in Barcelona to have the importance that it deserves.” - an interview with PEPE FONT DE MORA, director of FOTO COLECTANIA FOUNDATION in Barcelona. When Pepe Font de Mora, director of the Foto Colectania Foundation, describes what he thinks a centre of photography should be, he refers to ideas like collaborating, preserving and adapting to the times. With fifteen years under its belt, the Foundation has positioned itself as one of the reference centres of photography in Barcelona and Spain.

“What defines an error?” – an interview with Gian Paolo Renzi Pari
Article date: Sunday, December 11, 2016

“What defines an error?” – an interview with Gian Paolo Renzi Pari


The ongoing contemporary development of art fairs has transformed these events into free-zones of artistic expression - an artistic context in which art could appear in any way, shape, or form. How many of us walk around an art fair and in seeing some strange or unusual behavior first think to ourselves: is it art? Is Art happening right now?

Albert Pinya: The Time is Now
Article date: Monday, November 7, 2016

Albert Pinya: The Time is Now


Do you know Albert Pinya? If you don’t recognize this name, you’re going to want to pay attention. Pinya is one of the most celebrated members of the new generation of Spanish painters, born in the 1980s. Above all, his work is characterized by its constant questioning of morality and human behavior. Combining elements that are equally tragic, absurd, grotesque, decadent, ridiculous and irreverent, which are linked at times to an ironic vision, which is comical in other times, or a little naïve in other occasions or even gruesome sometimes, Pinya works to take us all a step closer to the here and now.

"Gathering of the Famous" by Anita Yan Wong
Article date: Sunday, November 6, 2016

"Gathering of the Famous" by Anita Yan Wong


There have always been strong undeniable connections between politics and art, especially in those moments in history when politics becomes the center of public interests. By being extremely sensitive to all kinds of changes, artists transform the anxiety and tension in society into poignant and meditative art works. Prof. Anita Yan Wong (international artist, educator and thinker), answers our 10 question interview with reflections on her artistic drive, and an artistic life well-lived.

Lead Stories

Manifesta 12 in Palermo appointed OMA as Creative Mediator
Article date: Sunday, December 25, 2016

Manifesta 12 in Palermo appointed OMA as Creative Mediator


Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of the City of Palermo, Hedwig Fijen, Director of Manifesta, and Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, partner at OMA, are delighted to announce the Creative Mediator team for the 12th edition of Manifesta, held in Palermo, Italy, 2018.

Hockney’s home city dedicates gallery to his work
Article date: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hockney’s home city dedicates gallery to his work


The city of Bradford has announced plans to dedicate a gallery to the work of David Hockney, born there in 1937. The city’s Cartwright Hall will house The David Hockney Gallery, which will include a range of his works, from early sketches to familiar paintings, his latest iPad drawings, plus prints and photographs.

Baldessari designs 19th vehicle for BMW Art Car Collection
Article date: Friday, December 9, 2016

Baldessari designs 19th vehicle for BMW Art Car Collection


The BMW Art Car collection has recently added a new entry – this time, the designer is none other than the great American master of conceptual art, John Baldessari. Since 1975, a total of 17 international artists have been asked to create BMW Art Cars, utilizing as their ‘base’ one of BMW’s contemporary automobiles.

Cézanne portraits visit London, Paris, Washington, DC
Article date: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cézanne portraits visit London, Paris, Washington, DC


An exhibition focusing on the portrait works of Paul Cézanne is due to make the rounds through London, Paris and Washington DC, starting next year. This exhibition is a collaboration by part of the Musée d’Orsay, the National Portrait Gallery of London, and Washington’s National Gallery of Art, with John Elderfield of the Museum of Modern Art in New York assuming the role of curator.

Science Museum opens a new mathematics gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Article date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Science Museum opens a new mathematics gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects


On 8 December 2016 the Science Museum will open an inspirational new mathematics gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Heads of state discuss heritage protective measures in Abu Dhabi
Article date: Friday, December 2, 2016

Heads of state discuss heritage protective measures in Abu Dhabi


Today marks the beginning of a two-day conference on the protection of endangered cultural heritage, held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The conference brings together experts from around the world to discuss concrete measures to tackle the ongoing destruction of cultural sites by Isil in Iraq and Syria, and to prevent other similar catastrophes.

V&A acquires a burkini for Rapid Response Collection
Article date: Friday, December 2, 2016

V&A acquires a burkini for Rapid Response Collection


Yesterday, the V&A announced that it had acquired a burkini – a full-body swimming costume. The garment, first launched in 2004 to encourage Muslim women into sports, became a symbol of national identity politics in France this summer, as women were fined for, and in some cases banned from, wearing the garment in public.

Art Basel in Miami is open!
Article date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Art Basel in Miami is open!


In the American show, 267 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant works from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city's outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

Creative proposals unveiled for lighting London’s Bridges
Article date: Saturday, November 26, 2016

Creative proposals unveiled for lighting London’s Bridges


Proposals by six international teams, representing seventy-three artists, architects, designers, planners and engineers from Asia, Europe, North America and South America were unveiled in the Illuminated River Exhibition, a free exhibition running until 29 November at the Royal Festival Hall.

20 years of Apple’s design in a newly released book
Article date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

20 years of Apple’s design in a newly released book


Apple has announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

Museum Receives Gift of Five Sculptures from Cy Twombly Foundation
Article date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Museum Receives Gift of Five Sculptures from Cy Twombly Foundation


The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced yesterday the acquisition of five major sculptures by Cy Twombly, one of the foremost American artists of the 20th century. This generous gift of the Cy Twombly Foundation will make these works, which were initially selected for exhibition at the Museum in 2011 by the artist himself, a permanent part of the Museum’s collection.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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